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New Ways Into the Brain's 'Music Room'
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New Ways Into the Brain's 'Music Room'

Whether to enliven a commute, relax in the evening or drown out the buzz of a neighbor's recreational drone, Americans listen to music nearly four hours a day.

Developing Accessible Apps for Secure Mobile Banking
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Developing Accessible Apps for Secure Mobile Banking

The University of Washington's Computer Science and Engineering Department is working to provide the developing world with some basic financial instruments. 

Scientist Creates AI Algorithm to Monitor Machinery Health
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Scientist Creates AI Algorithm to Monitor Machinery Health

Researchers have developed an algorithm which they say greatly increases accuracy in diagnosing the health of complex mechanical systems. 

Pic-Scanning AI Estimates City Air Pollution From Mass of Photos
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Pic-Scanning AI Estimates City Air Pollution From Mass of Photos

A research team at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore has designed an application to estimate air quality by analyzing a large number of photos of a...

Project Embeds Computer Science Lessons in Math Instruction for K-5 Students
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Project Embeds Computer Science Lessons in Math Instruction for K-5 Students

The U.S. National Science Foundation is funding an initiative to integrate computing with elementary school mathematics. 

A Decade of ACM Efforts Contribute To Computer Science for All Initiative
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A Decade of ACM Efforts Contribute To Computer Science for All Initiative

Obama’s Computer Science for All initiative "represents the culmination of more than a decade of effort initiated by the ACM."

The Research Pirates of the Dark Web
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The Research Pirates of the Dark Web

There's a battle raging over whether academic research should be free, and it’s overflowing into the dark web.

An Icky New Hero: Roach-Like Robots May Help in Disasters
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An Icky New Hero: Roach-Like Robots May Help in Disasters

When buildings collapse in future disasters, the hero helping rescue trapped people may be a robotic cockroach.

Daily Dozen: 12 Questions for Vint Cerf, “Father of the Internet”
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Daily Dozen: 12 Questions for Vint Cerf, “Father of the Internet”

In the latest Daily Dozen, Gina Smith reconnects with Google vice president and original Internet pioneer Vint Cerf. Here’s what he had to say about Internet security...

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Primary Mirror Fully Assembled
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NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Primary Mirror Fully Assembled

The 18th and final primary mirror segment is installed on what will be the biggest and most powerful space telescope ever launched.

How the British and Americans Started Listening In
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How the British and Americans Started Listening In

It was late on 8 February 1941 when four Americans arrived at Bletchley Park.

GPS and the World's First 'Space War'
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GPS and the World's First 'Space War'

Twenty-five years ago U.S.-led Coalition forces launched the world’s first "space war" when they drove Iraqi troops out of Kuwait.

Researchers Index Dark Web, Find Most of It Contains Illegal Material
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Researchers Index Dark Web, Find Most of It Contains Illegal Material

King's College London researchers recently conducted a study to discover how much of Tor is devoted to illegal content. 

Senior Citizens May Accept Robot Helpers, but Fear Robot Masters
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Senior Citizens May Accept Robot Helpers, but Fear Robot Masters

Research on senior citizens indicates they would likely accept robots as helpers and entertainment providers, but worry about giving up too much control to them...

'On-Ramping' Paves the Way for Women Scientists, Engineers to Return to Academia
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'On-Ramping' Paves the Way for Women Scientists, Engineers to Return to Academia

Researchers interviewed 10 women who successfully transitioned into university faculty after working as corporate scientists or industry or government researchers...

'Social AI' Lets Mario and Luigi Learn How to Save the Princess on Their Own
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'Social AI' Lets Mario and Luigi Learn How to Save the Princess on Their Own

A new development in artificial intelligence harnesses the power of social interactions to learn more about the world. 

Smart Thermostat Puts Energy Money Saving at Household Fingertips
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Smart Thermostat Puts Energy Money Saving at Household Fingertips

University of Southampton researchers have developed a prototype "smart" thermostat that lets users control their heating on a cost basis, rather than by temperature...

Why We Won't Trust Robot Cars Until They Drive Just Like Us
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Why We Won't Trust Robot Cars Until They Drive Just Like Us

Eight separate research projects into autonomous vehicles will receive financial support from the U.K. government. 

Google DeepMind AI Navigates a Doom-Like 3D Maze Just By Looking
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Google DeepMind AI Navigates a Doom-Like 3D Maze Just By Looking

Google DeepMind just entered the 90s. Fresh off their success in playing the ancient game of Go, DeepMind’s latest artificial intelligence can navigate a 3D maze...

Better Brain Imaging Could Show Computers a Smarter Way to Learn
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Better Brain Imaging Could Show Computers a Smarter Way to Learn

Machine learning is an extremely clever approach to computer programming.
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